MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Three area lawyers have filed applications to be appointed as a Jackson County magistrate.

The position became open when Magistrate Mark Lawson was chosen by Gov. Terry Branstad for a district court judgeship in the 7th Judicial District.

There are two part-time magistrates in Jackson County. The other magistrate is Ron Besch of Bellevue.

The Judicial Magistrates Nominating Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Friday in the jury room at the Jackson County Courthouse to review the applicants and make an appointment.

Applications were received from Scott Nelson of Dubuque; former Jackson County Attorney John Kies of Bellevue and Brad Boffelli of Dubuque, who recently purchased Lawson’s law practice in Maquoketa.

In other courthouse personnel news, an East Dubuque attorney has been named assistant attorney for Jackson County. County Attorney Sara Davenport appointed Amanda Lassance, who is expected to start at the end of February.

Lassance has been in private practice with Hammer, Simon and Jensen. Davenport said Lassance also interned with the Dubuque County Attorney’s Office. She replaces Matt Speer, who left this month to go back to his home county as a county attorney assistant. He had been with the Jackson County office since October.

Lassance will receive a $43,000 salary, with a $2,000 increase in July.